Description: American politician George Sewall Boutwell (1818-1905) penned and signed this letter concerning Charles Lanman’s Dictionary of the U.S. Congress. He writes: “Eight copies only of Lanman’s Dictionary were distributed to each member of the House, and I have felt bound to send mine to public libraries in the district, as the course most beneficial to the public.”
Boutwell had a prestigious political career, serving as the Governor of Massachusetts (1851-1853), as Secretary of the Treasury (1869-1873) under Ulysses S. Grant, and as a United States Senator from Massachusetts (1873-1877). He is remembered for being a staunch abolitionist, his integral roles in the formation of the Republican Party and the passage the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, as well as his sponsorship of the Civil Rights Act of 1875.
The 7 ¾” x 4 3/8” piece of stationery has been tipped to a larger piece of paper measuring 8 ¼” x 5 7/8”. Item #A00918.
Condition: Fold lines, some light staining along left margin where letter is affixed to larger sheet, otherwise in good condition with a bold signature.